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  • Why SOT: Going back to our purpose

                What was your original intent when you started a Christian school?

                What was your original intent why you chose SOT to be the system you will use in your schools?

                Are you still following that original design or original intent you had before? OR, have we deviated?

     

    1. A TRULY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.

                Many schools carry the name “Christian”, but they are far from being Christian. For many, that word is just a magnet for well-meaning parents who want their children to be taught in the ways of the Lord.

                But in reality, they never fully teach nor practice what Christianity is all about to their students.

     

    1. REACH CHILDREN FOR CHRIST.

                DALE HUDSON. “When you reach a child you change a life, when you reach a parent you change an entire family.”

                L. MOODY. “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”

     

    1. PRIORITIZE CHARACTER-BUILDING.

                With the help of God, we have placed a premium on good character. This should be a big part of the overall original intents. That should be one of our greatest designs for truly Christian schools.

                 “Character is more important than knowledge because it shows you what to do with what you know.”

                We cannot dream our students into good character, we must pound it again and again and forge it into the minds and lives of our students.      

     

    1. BE A LIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY.

                I believe that one big way to be a light in the community is to operate the school as an example of honesty and integrity, especially in school records, finances, and compliance with relevant government agencies.

                JOHN HAGEE. “We are indeed the light of the world – but only if our switch is turned on.”

    1. A QUALITY MINISTRY.

                A.   STAFF.

                B.   FACILITIES.

                Are we still with our original intents? Are we still consistent with the vision God gave us when we opened our school doors to students? Do we still believe the same way in these motives now?

     

                You may ask me “WHY SOT?”  

    A.   SOT has a well-organized support system.

    B.   SOT has a well-oiled administration and staff enhancement system.

    C.   SOT has a well-paved avenue for students to discover and develop their talents.

    D.   SOT abides with the laws of our country.

    E.   SOT can cater to all my original intents.

                Let’s all go back to our purpose. Let us not forsake the old but honorable purposes that God placed in our hearts when we envisioned opening a Christian school.

  • Why SOT: The Bible as the Source of Light in Education

    “It goes without saying that Christian education must be founded on Biblical principles if it is to be genuinely Christian. In the first place, it is how Christians through their study of the Bible get to know God and understand His plan for their lives. Second, it is how Christianity is passed on from one generation to the next.” – Samuel Blumenfeld

     

    WHY CHOOSE THE ACE SCHOOL OF TOMORROW® SYSTEM?

     

    1. ITS PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION IS TOTALLY THEISTIC.

     

    • ACE School of Tomorrow® begins with God.
    • As a Christian system of education, primary focus is given on character training.
    • The study of the 90 Character Traits of Jesus is repeated in the entire course for internalization.
    • It introduces the students to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

     

     

    1. IT BELIEVES THAT THE BIBLE IS THE MAIN FOUNDATION OF ALL TRUTH.

     

    The curriculum begins with the basic Biblical presuppositions.

     

    • God created the heavens and the earth.
    • God in actively involved in history.
    • God has a unique purpose for every individual.
    • The accountability of every individual on a personal basis towards God.

     

    The Bible is not a separate subject but is integrated in the core subjects.

     

    Scripture Memorization is a part of the program.

    1. ALL SUBJECTS ARE PRESENTED IN THE LIGHT OF THE SCRIPTURES; THEREFORE, STUDENTS ARE TRAINED TO LIVE FROM A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW.

     

    • Core curriculum provides students with academics, skill building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and knowledge of God and His Word.

     

    • This complete package begins with reading development and progresses through high school, giving students a solid foundation for pursuing their life goals.

     

     

    Academic excellence is ensured through the ACE School of Tomorrow® individualized system of education. This has been validated by the performance of SOT students in the tests given by the Center for Educational Management.

     

    However, academic excellence is not the main goal. Character development and the saving knowledge of Christ are the main goals.

     

    Thus, if the reason to choose a homeschool program is its Biblical foundation – written in the light of the Word, based on the Word, reasons from the Word – then ACE School of Tomorrow® is the only choice left.

  • The Staff: The Light in the Learning Center

    An engineer needs a plan, a perspective, on how a house would look like, before he starts building it.

     

    A traveler has to be specific where he wants to go and what he wants to see, before he starts traveling. He first lays out a plan how to get there and learns the details on the mode of transportation and all possible routes, before he goes his way.

     

    BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.

     

    What is your purpose?

     

    Why are you here?

     

    What is your conviction?

     

    When you are convicted, you will find the tool.

     

    Matthew 5:16

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

     

    What is a light?

     

    LIGHT (according to Merriam-Webster) is:

    – something that makes vision possible

    – something that enlightens or informs

    – a noteworthy person in a particular place or field

     

    I.   What are the purposes of light?

     

    A.  To guide the way

    B.  To show the right path

    C.  To reveal the danger along the way like blocks, pot holes, and even people that mean to harm

    D.  To give confidence

    E.  To give hope

     

    THAT IS YOUR PURPOSE!

    To be the light in the Learning Center.

    II.  The strategy.

     

    A.  Know your student.

    1. Are they saved?
    2. What are their values and beliefs?

     

    Don’t aim for their behavior.

    If we are only interested in the behavior of our students, we will only see culture.

    Education is impacting the core – ENCULTURATION.

    If what we teach does not reach and impact the core, it will not produce true transformation.

    When things change in the core, they will inevitably change on the surface as a result.

    This is when we make permanent change in the child!

     

    B.  Love your student unconditionally.

    1. Four types of love in the Bible:

    a.   Agape – God’s love for humankind (the highest of the four types of love which defines God’s immeasurable and incomparable love for humankind)

    b.   Phileo – brotherly love that unites believers (emotional bond seen in deep friendships)

    c.   Storge – familial love (affectionate bond that develops naturally between family members)

    d.   Eros – physical or romantic love (sexual in nature)

              2.  Force yourself in God’s economy. Agape as foundation for all professional and productive relationships.

              3.  Teach children to be and not just to do.

     

    C.   Love yourself – Mark 12:28-30

    1. Love for God should come first in our heart.
    2. The second great commandment is: You must love your neighbor.
    3. Although the Bible does not include a specific command to love yourself, the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” indicates that a reasonable degree of self-love and self-respect is normal and beneficial. The Lord Jesus Christ himself showed love to himself by taking time to rest, eat, and enjoy association with his followers and disciples. (Mark 6:31-32; Luke 5:29; John 2:1-2; John 12:2)

     

    III.   Trust God to take our efforts and do His work.

     

    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

  • Successful Homeschooling

    SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOLING

     

    I’ve spent over 12 years serving in the Homeschool Department of School of Tomorrow, Philippines known as PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF TOMORROW Home Education Program (PCST-HEP). We help the parents and students become successful by following the School of Tomorrow system. Today we have a total of 3,100 students and 1,835 families enrolled in PCST-HEP.

    Through the years, I have the joy of seeing students successfully complete homeschool academic requirements, pass college entrance tests and eventually graduate in universities. To name a few, we have Daniel Joseph Riki Dela Sierra from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Cum Laude – BSBA major in Export Management; Jemi-Kezia from International School of Asia and the Pacific – Top 7 Nursing Board Exam; Maria Carolina Zulueta from Patts College, Cum Laude – Aeronautical Engineering; Yoshiko De Jesus from Centro Escolar University, Magna Cum Laude– BEED SPED; and Anna Maria Zulueta from Asia Pacific College, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia; and Jotham Pranza from Messiah College, Magna Cum Laude, President’s Award, and Class Valedictorian – BA in Intercultural Studies.

    Someone asked this question: “What makes PCST-HEP successful?” If we would write a “bottom line” answer to this question what would it be?

    There can be a number of answers to this question. Of course, the unique SOT system of education is excellent in every way and far better in terms of content than other curriculum out there. But each family is unique. Each child is different. Circumstances in many homes vary. Therefore, the factors however, based on years of experience and from listening to the testimonies and stories of parents, family members and students, I would like to share with you a summary of what I believe are the 5 key factors that make our homeschool program successful for hundreds of families both here and abroad.

    1. The parents are “forced” to be personally involved in the education of their children. The parents have a stake in their children’s education. They do their best to make sure their children perform on the academic level based on the diagnostic test. And since they know their children’s individual personalities, capacities, tendencies, and strengths, they can better lead and motivate them. This does not happen in a school room where the child is one only among 30 or 40 other students vying for the attention of 1 or 2 teachers.

    Parents who have undergone the PCST-HEP Parent Orientation and Training acquire added knowledge to maximize the performance and eventual success of their children.

    1. The positive impact of the individualized system. This is one of the greatest benefits of the program. Your child does not compete with the other students in a class. The negative psychological effects of “comparison” with someone else or the pressure of inordinate competition among students are eliminated. The child is relaxed in learning because he only competes with himself/herself. Furthermore, even in a home with several homeschoolers, individualization is still emphasized. One child does not have to be like his brother or his sister. The parents are able to wisely guide their children based on their own individual interests, skills and talents, personality strengths and weaknesses, and career paths.
    2. The program fosters closer family ties. It is inevitable that when parents work with their kids’ PACEs every day, a closer relationship is developed unlike when the child goes to a regular school for the whole day. The parents’ values, culture, and standards are caught quickly by the children. The balance of authority are ingrained in the mind of the child early. In the recent PCST-HEP Awards and Banquet at SOT, Pastor Delbert Hooge and my husband were sitting beside each other, and I heard them commenting that “it’s so unusual, there are so many fathers in this event tonight.” During the banquet we could see the closeness of the families with the presence of parents and even the grandparents. The powerful impact of a closely-knit family on the child’s psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being can never be overemphasized.
    3. The safe environment of the home protects the child. Just imagine the threats and risks today of children exposed outside of the home going to school. Stories about of kids bullied and hurt, threats of criminality and bad influences, etc. In other countries school shootings are commonplace. The home provides the safest haven for children to learn and grow. But physical safety is not the only consideration here. The home is also the safe atmosphere for children to be open and honest with their parents with their problems, struggles, and difficulties without experiencing criticism, ridicule or judgement. It is also a safe place for them to share their dreams, goals, and appreciation and receiving encouragement and motivation from the parents. The home also becomes a safe and pleasant place where children can invite their close friends for fun and socialization instead of going out and doing “gimmick” elsewhere.
    4. Above all, spiritual learning by parent and child together. Both parents and child learn about God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible from the materials used with the curriculum. This is the greatest advantage of the PCST-HEP and really the number one key to success of the program. The family that grows spiritually in the Word of God becomes successful. This is a promise in Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man… whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a river… whatever he does shall prosper.” A very moving testimony of one of our homeschool parents was told to Academic Advisers Ms. Dol Bonete and Ms. Hazel Balanoba some months ago. The parent told them, “You know, I have come to know Christ and accepted Him as my Savior from the PACE of my child!”

     

    Do you have your own unique stories of how the PCST-HEP has impacted your family in a special way? In your case, how did the homeschool program made the difference? Which aspect of the program do you consider a key to your success? Please share them with us.

     

     

    Mrs. Em Camacho

     

  • FAMILY DEVOTIONS

    I.   INTRODUCTION

     

    A.   Family devotional time is practiced in many Christian homes. It usually consists of a block of time set aside for Bible reading, Bible story, sharing time, and prayer on a regular basis.

    B.   Family devotions provide the greatest opportunity to teach our children the word of God at an age when their mind is receptive, curious and eager to learn.

    C.   Family devotions further supplement and reinforce the spiritual learnings children get from their PACES.

     

    II.   5 SIMPLE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES AND RULES FOR SPIRITUALLY NURTURING YOUR CHILDREN USING DEVOTIONAL TIME (DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 6).

     

    1. PRINCIPLE #1: THE PARENTS MUST GROW SPIRITUALLY BEFORE THEY CAN EFFECTIVELY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN THE SPIRITUAL THINGS. The parents must know and apply God’s word in their own lives before they can be effective in teaching their children. “You can’t teach what you don’t know.”  

    Deut. 6:1 “Now these are the commandments, the statutes and the judgements, which the LORD your God commanded [me-Moses] to teach you.”

     

    1. PRINCIPLE #2 – THE PARENTS MUST ESTABLISH GOD AS NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN THE HOME AND MAKE THIS A STANDARD FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

    Deut. 6:2-5 “That thou mightest fear (love and respect) the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and his commandments…thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life… The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

               

    1. PRINCIPLE #3 – THE PARENTS MUST TEACH THEIR CHILDREN GOD’S WORD REPEATEDLY AND AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY EVERYDAY.

    Deut. 6:6, 7  “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest  in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

     

    1. PRINCIPLE#4 – THE PARENTS MUST TEACH THEIR CHILDREN THE REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE (BLESSINGS) AS WELL AS THE CONSEQUENCE OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD (DISCIPLINE). (Read Deut. 6:10-15)

     

    1. PRINCIPLE #5 – PARENTS MUST INCULCATE IN THEIR CHILDREN THE CONCEPT OF GOD’S GRACE AS THE SOURCE OF ALL BLESSINGS IN LIFE. ( 6:20-25). No one deserves the blessings of God.

     

    III.   PRACTICAL TIPS FOR HOLDING EFFECTIVE FAMILY DEVOTIONS.

     

    1. Establish a specific time, duration, and rules for your family devotions. Consider the age group of the children. Ideally, 15 to 20 minutes will suffice.
    2. Choose your own devotional method to use. You can read a chapter, read a Bible story, Learn the passage ahead of time and be prepared.
    3. Focus on one or two Biblical principles at a time and make simple applications of the principles learned.
    4. Encourage your children to participate and ask questions. This allows them to think, analyze, and apply.
    5. Stick to a routine for your devotional time but be flexible when an urgent or unusual situation comes up. Just find time to squeeze in your schedule as much as you can.

     

    IV.   SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR FAMILY DEVOTIONS:

     

    1. The story of the Cross and Salvation. The objective is to clearly present the Gospel and give your children the opportunity to accept Christ as their Savior. This is the first and most important lesson to present to them because it involves their salvation.
    2. Teach them “What God is like.” Teach them character and the personality of God.
    3. Teach them the concept of sin – the thoughts, words, and actions that violate God’s will, Gods, Word and God’s plan. Teach them how to handle or recover from sin.
    4. Teach them the concepts of God’s grace. They must learn that God treats everyone based on His grace and that all blessings from God is unearned or undeserved.
    5. Teach them the simple concept of prayer

                  a.   Confession of sins to God– remove obstacles to fellowship with God

                  b.   Thanksgiving – Appreciation of God and His grace

                   c.   Praying for others

                   d.   Praying for personal needs

     

    V.   DO’S AND DON’T’S FOR FAMILY DEVOTIONS

     

    1. Do communicate with the children at their own level.
    2. Do depend on the Holy Spirit to make your children understand divine truths.
    3. Do make learning God and His word fun and exciting.
    4. Do use stories to illustrate Bible truth or principle that you want them to learn.
    5. Do guide them on how to apply the lessons they have learned.

    Do not use family devotions as time to confront your children mistakes, sins and misdemeanors.

    1. Do stick to a routine because it teaches children consistency, constancy and discipline.

    MRS. REMIA CAMACHO

  • Strengthening the Relationship Between the School & the Home

    INTRODUCTION:  “In Loco Parentis” = in place of parents

    I.   Spiritual things (heart matters)

         A.   Are we a beacon of a Biblical worldview – with an emphasis on the spiritual well-being of our students? Viewing life and the world from God’s point of view.

    1. Are our students saved? What is your active plan to make sure they obtain and maintain a relationship with the creator.
    2. The question is not IF our students will have a relationship with God. The question is what KIND of relationship will they have with him?
    3. Our students can be His enemy or His friend. Our students can be
      His acquaintance or His close companion.

                    a.   How important is it to you that your students are spiritually equipped? This is known as discipling.

                    b.   How does your school define discipling and how do you plan to accomplish it?

                    c.    We must combat worldly viewpoint that is fed constantly.

                    d.    How have you (purposefully) set out to do it? Comprehensive (possibly revolving) plan: Essence of God, basic Bible doctrines, purity/abstinence issues

                    e.    In what ways has God equipped your school to be suited to this task? One-on-one conversations ( never assume any child is born again)

    Devotions – with a plan of study

    Chapel periods

    Games (Bible drills, crossword puzzles, book reports that analyze viewpoint, debates) 

    B.   In what ways can the school be better equipped to develop effective/ meaningful spiritual leaders? Make a plan and execute

    C.   Remember that spiritual matters are at the heart of all discipline

    Give clear Biblical guidelines for students:

    Eph_6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

    Col_3:20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto

    the Lord.

    1Sam._15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is

    as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of  

    the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

    Iniquity = immoral or grossly unfair behavior.

    The definition of iniquity as “doing our own will” is confirmed in Isaiah 53:6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

    synonyms:wickedness · sinfulness · immorality · impropriety · vice · evil · sin ·

    Idolatry: 1 : the worship of a physical object as a god

                                2 : immoderate attachment or devotion to something (my own will)

    When we disregard rules, we are disobeying God.  Heb. 13:17  

     

    II.   Recognize three traits common to most of our students:

    A.   They struggle with self-worth with feelings of inferiority-80% struggle with issues regarding their personal appearance

    B.   They question their own intelligence –feeling unintelligent

    C.   They may have a wrong concept about money-the ides that the wealthy family is more important than the poor one. (money is the magic supplier of all needs)

     

    III.    Learn their ‘love language’ (how do they give and receive love) and Spiritual Gifts (Gary Chapman)

         a.   words of affirmation

         b.   acts of service

         c.   receiving gifts

         d.   quality time

         e.   physical touch

    IV.  As a school:

    A.   Encourage an open-door

    Phone calls and notes in the Com Books are welcome. Let’s talk!

    Write positive, encouraging things – not just facts and/or negative things.

    Share staff phone numbers, but do not be on call 24 hrs. a day (Often it is better to talk than try to communicate in writing.)

    When problems arise, be the first to call.

    B.   Be careful to practice consistency in application of all rules and policies.                         All rules apply equally to all students.

    Unenforced rules are only words on paper.  They are meaningless.

    C.   Deal with discipline matters (attitudes) early-before they grow into big problems. Discipline issues are spiritual

    D.   Encourage staff to make a study of each student. Learn their love language, what their spiritual gift is, what motivates them and encourages self-worth?

    E.   School should communicate at least once a month – defining and ‘selling’ various aspects of the SOT system and how each helps build character into the lives of our students. (Sell the system!) Consider an e-mail bulletin.

    F.   Systematically track academic progress of each student on a tri-weekly basis. Help parents understand that you want them to get their money’s worth in tuition.

    Track by L.C., child and three-week period. (If the child is not progressing, find out WHY not?  What can be done to address this?

    G.   If you are a church school, have an “Academy Sunday” to regularly show-case students and their achievements.

     

    Consistently work to build the relationship between school and home.

    Isa. 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 

    Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify

    your Father which is in heaven. 

    II Cor. 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our

    hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus

    Christ. 

  • Spotlight: Focus on Parental Responsibility

    Psalm 127:3. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.”

    I.   EXPECTATIONS FROM PARENTS THAT WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN OUR SCHOOL.

    1. That my child will learn academically.
    2. That my child will be reformed.
    3. That my child will be in the honor roll.

                It is alright that parents will have expectations. But their expectations of teachers should match their commitments as parents.

    1. That my child will receive awards.
    2. That my child will be exempted from some rules.

     

    II.   WHERE WE PARENTS LOSE OUR WAY.

    From: PASSIONATE PARENTING, by Cary Schmidt.

    1. WE GET TOO BUSY.
    2. WE DON’T KNOW ENOUGH, AND WE GET INTIMIDATED.
    3. WE FIND IT HARD TO SWALLOW OUR PRIDE.
    4. WE DO TEND TO FOCUS ON EXTERNALS AND BEHAVIOR
    5. WE GET TIRED AND WEARY.
    6. WE SOMETIMES BELIEVE THAT PROVIDING THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE MAKES UP FOR OUR FAILURES.
    7. WE FORGET THE POWER OF OUR MODEL.

                Don’t tell me – show me.

                Don’t demand it – display it.

                Don’t push me – lead me.

     

    III.   REMINDERS FOR THE PARENTS.

    1. They are the first and primary teachers.
    2. They are biblically mandated.

                Deuteronomy 6:6-7. “And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

                Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

                Ephesians 6:4. “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

     

    1. Character is more important than intellect and talent.

                Proverbs 19:18. “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”

                Proverbs 22:15. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

                Proverbs 23:13. “Withhold not correction from the child…”

                Proverbs 29:15. “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

                Proverbs 29:17. “Correct thy son and he shall give the rest…”

                If the parents refuse to discipline, I believe it is more on weakness of the parent than love for the child.

     

                It’s okay to want your children to be successful, but don’t let success be a substitute for their values. It’s easy to show off about caliber, but what’s really important is their character.

                I know so many people who have skills, strengths, and qualifications, but struggle to build meaningful relationships, bonds, or get through tough times. Comparing your children’s achievements doesn’t improve your relationship with them. It is important for your kids to be academic, but it is more important for them to have empathy and compassion. And it is important for them to have intellectual ability, but today, it is even more valuable for them to have emotional intelligence.

                And remember this, your worth is not defined by your kids’ bank balance. Your parenting is not validated by their test scores.

                Your success is not based on the car they drive. And your future is not based on how others see them. Even if people think your kids are highly accomplished, it makes no difference to your life. It may give you a minimal ego boost, or make you feel confident for a moment, but what’s truly going to matter is the relationship you have with them.

                If money, fame, and power didn’t exist, would you be happy with who your children are? Would you be grateful for how they turned out? Because what we are doing right now is we are covering up our insecurities with their success. We’re covering up our personal challenges with what they’ve achieved.

                Ultimately, you know deep down, inside your heart that the only thing that truly matters is how much you love them and how much they love you. – JAY SHETTY.

  • Social Media, Gadgets and Games

    Words of Wisdom from an Ancient Philosopher

    Could I climb to the highest place in Athens, I would lift my voice and proclaim: “Fellow citizens, why do ye turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth, and take so little care of your children, to whom one day you will relinquish it all?”   Socrates

    Jesus said (Matt. 18:16):

    “…………..Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

     

    A few short year ago, there was no such thing as FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter and the various social media that have taken over the lives of many people and cell phones were a luxury. Now, many of our students carry in their pockets a very powerful tool that enables them to be in contact with the internet within seconds.

    It is note-worthy that the proprietors of silicon valley and inventers of Facebook do not allow their own children to have I-Phones or I-Pads and send their children to gadget free schools.

    In 2007, Gates the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game.  He also didn’t let his kids get cell phones until they turned 14. (Today the average age for a child getting their first phone is 10.)

    Yet educators in the school system are escalating their use of computers as tools for teaching children without evidence to support this initiative, nor sufficient research regarding long term outcomes.

    Large muscles and fine motor skills need to be developed. Four critical factors necessary to achieve healthy child development are 1.)movement 2.) touch 3.) human connection and 4.) exposure to nature.

    Parents are quick to give gadgets to amuse and occupy young children – unaware that the development of their brains is being impeded, assuming that there is no danger and there is benefit.  

    Rapid brain growth
    Between 0 and 2 years, infant’s brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).

     

    Educators in the school system are escalating their use of computers as tools for teaching children without evidence to support this initiative, nor sufficient research regarding long term outcomes.  We DO already know that note taking is best done with paper and pencil-over typing on an Ipad or computer. Something happens in the brain.

     

    Academic work requires sustained focus and concentration.

    Impulsivity is when we act on thoughts in the short term whether or not we will benefit in the long term.

    When we conclude that we absolutely need gadgets to survive, we cede control to them.

    Diagnosis of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, development delays, unintelligible speech learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders are associated with technology overuse, and are increasing at an alarming rate. There is now a phenomena called Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder.

    Teenagers may get bored after going forty-five minutes without their cell phones to provide stimulation, but that boredom shifts to genuine anxiety if the amount of disconnected time is significantly longer.

    When we are separated from our gadgets, we become disoriented and lose the sense of where and who we are.  Have you ever left home without your phone? Did you need to return to get it? Why?

    Remember…..when we conclude that we absolutely need gadgets to survive, we cede control to them.

    When kids have the power to choose, they don’t always choose wisely.  We must choose for them.

    Studies show that the more media kids use, the lower their academic grades.

    There is a growing need among us for instant gratification.  The same children who play a game for hours may experience difficulty in doing Pace work or sustaining attention during a lecture. 

    Instant gratification on gadgets has destroyed or lessened the ability to sustain focus.

    When children are allowed to avoid the difficult tasks of childhood and escape into video game play without limits, they are vulnerable to getting hooked.

    South Korea and China have declared video game addiction their most pressing mental health problem.

    Gaming is now classified as a disorder.

    So what is the impact of technology on the developing child?

    An increase of physical, psychological and behavior disorders that the health and education system are just beginning to detect, much less understand.

    Violent video games promote aggression.  The researchers have found that people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. Meanwhile, those who played nonviolent games showed no meaningful changes in aggression or hostile expectations over that period.

    Young children who are exposed to violence through TV and video games are in a high state of adrenalin and stress, as the body does not know that what they are watching is not real.

    Common Sense Media founder James Steyer says, “Mobile devices are fundamentally changing how families go about their day-to-day lives.”

    • Addiction: One out of every two teens feels addicted to his or her device, and the majority of parents (59%) feel that their kids are addicted. That translates to
    • Frequency:72% of parents of teens and 48% of parents feel the need to immediately respond to texts, social media messages and other notifications. 69 of parents feel their children get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they are together at least a few times per week.
    • Distraction:77% of parents feel their children get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they are together at least a few times per week.
    • Conflict: 1/3 of parents and teens say they argue with each other on a daily basis about device use.
    • Risky behavior: 56% of parents admit that they check their mobile devices while driving; 51% of teens witness this.

    Here’s how handheld devices are impacting the emotional development of our students.

    Emotional intelligence is the ability to use, understand and manage emotions in a productive, healthy way. (Daniel Goleman, PhD. Well known psychologist created the following mixed model for emotional intelligence.)

    1. Self-Awareness: Self-awareness involves knowing your own feelings. It involves knowing what your emotional triggers are and how you are going to deal with them when  they occur.
    2. Self-Management: Self-management involves keeping the emotions in check when they become disruptive. An example would be the ability to control outbursts or talk calmly with someone during a disagreement.
    3. Motivation: The majority of people are motivated by outside things like money or other luxuries. According to Goleman, emotionally intelligent people are intrinsically motivated.  They know that the outside stuff cannot provide joy and happiness, so that does not motivate them.  They are motivated for the sake of pure joy or being productive.
    4. Empathy: The first three categories deal with handling one’s own emotions, while empathy is the ability to support the emotions of someone else. It is the skill of reading another person’s emotions and responding appropriately.
    5. Social Skills: This is the ability to deal with others.  People with strong social skills can find common ground with others at work, school, or anywhere.  It is the ability to be persuasive.

    The disconnection between parent and child caused by technology overuse is the most significant destructive factor ever witnessed by humankind, and will not only damage the foundation for the developing child, but also cause irreversible damage to humanity, and not just for the short term, but forever.                                                     Chris Rowan (Occupational therapist and Child Development Expert)

     

    Our students need a sense of purpose. This provides emotional steadiness which is important for both academic and career success. Why are you here? Just to take up space, or enjoy life?  NO! God has a plan for your life.

         a.  God said (speaking to himself) let us make men in our likeness of or in ‘our’ own image Genesis 1:26

         b.  People are different than the rest of creation because we have a soul – we are created in the image of God. He breathed into man the breath of life. We are different than the animals.  We have a likeness to God, thus we have a purpose……not just to live but to reflect our creator.

    We must teach our students to seek God’s purpose for their lives ……and that whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

    Virtue (by definition is) moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.

    The psalmist says: Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart (Psa 139:1-13) 

    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

     

    Warning signs that a child is spending too much time using any form of electronic media.

    • Loses track of time when using electronic devices
    • Becomes agitated when interrupted
    • Prefers to spend time using electronics rather than being with friends or family in person
    • Does not follow time limits
    • Forms relationships with people online.
    • Loss of interest in other activities
    • Seems restless when not using a device and preoccupied with getting back on.
    • Avoids homework and chores because of spending too much time with electronics
    • Sneaks on a device when no one is around and lies about it.

    Food for thought: Form a policy regarding the possession and use of gadgets at your school.

    Should you consider making your school a gadget free zone?

  • Partnering with parents

    PARTNERING WITH PARENTS

    Workshop 2A: Supervisors and Monitors

    by Pastor Erich Bernard Santos

     

    While the partnership between the school and the family is more often established between the Administration and the Parents (Parent Interview), the Supervisors and Monitors are usually faced with the responsibility of communicating with the parents.

     

    PARENTS ARE OUR PARTNERS, NOT OUR ADVERSARIES.

     

    “The mindset of an effective teacher contains the belief that we must develop close working relationships with parents.”

    – Robert Brooks

     

    PRACTICAL POINTERS IN WORKING WITH PARENTS

     

    1. COMMUNICATE WITH EACH PARENT BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS (OR IMMEDIATELY AT THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR) TO EXPRESS YOUR DESIRE TO WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER.

     

    • Typically, the parents are called for a conference when there is a problem.
    • During the Parent Orientation, establish pleasantries with the parents.

     

    1. MASTER THE SANDWICH PHILOSOPHY IN COMMUNICATING PROBLEMS WITH PARENTS.

     

    • Internalize the “positive-negative-positive” style of communicating.
    • Use the “Subway” style.

     

    1. INFORM PARENTS OF INCIDENTS BEFORE THEY FIND OUT.

     

    • Learn to write incident reports well.
    • Do not wait until they get the report – call them that a report is on the way.

     

    1. IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS, IMMEDIATELY COMMUNICATE WITH THE PARENTS.

     

    1. DO NOT SURPRISE PARENTS WITH “SUDDEN” DECISIONS.

     

    • Practice the art of “staircase” philosophy.
    • Follow a process.

     

    1. REMEMBER PARENTS’ ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS.

     

    • A simple note. A phone call.
    • Go, if you are invited.

     

    1. PRAY FOR AND WITH THE PARENTS.

     

    • Be sensitive.
    • Ask for prayer requests.

     

    1. MAKE A HOME VISIT, IF NECESSARY.

     

    • When a child is habitually
    • When a child is sick for an extended period of time.

     

    1. REMIND YOURSELF – THEY ARE THE PARENTS.

     

    • Never take the loyalty of the students away from their parents.
    • Apply the “slanted news” principle.

     

    1. BE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THEM.

     

  • Dispelling the Darkness

    Dispelling The Darkness

    General Session 5

    Rev. Delbert Hooge, Speaker

    Acts 9:1-6; 22:6-10; 26:12-18;

    I.   Introduction:

     

    a.   Light has a particular way of arresting one who is determined to walk in opposition to it

    b.   Many have been stopped by a sudden revelation of light (truth), as it make one free to see what has not been seen before.

    c.   Jesus presents Himself as the Light of the World.  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ( John 8:12 ; ESV; capitalized)

    d.   Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ becomes one of the “sons of light.” (John 12:36  5:5; cf. “saints in the light,” Col 1:12)

    e.   As we grow spiritually, the path before our feet becomes better lit and we know better how to proceed in this life.  4:18

    f.   Believers in fellowship with God, filled with the Holy Spirit, are said to “walk in the light.” (1John 1:7 2:8‑10  5:8b)

    g.   Light is analogous to TRUTH and education is the study of truth.

    1. As Jesus is the “Way the TRUTH and the Life”, so education with Jesus in the life of the student allows truth in the created world to become evident as well
    2. Each step of learning is enhanced with its counterpart in the corresponding sphere.
    3. The physical/ emotional/ relational and spiritual all work in harmony!

    h.   It is the desire of the educator to bring harmony in the life of the one being educated.

      1. This means that there will be a spiritual battle that will rage to disrupt the harmony.
      2. When the Light finally breaks through it will cause a radical change.

    II.   EDUCATION IS LIKELY TO BREAK THROUGH

                (Education THAT IS SEEN)

    A.   SUDDENLY – vs. 3

    1. Often a light comes on for a student
    2. God uses many means to touch a life

     

    B.   SOMETIME WITH A FALL – vs 4

    1. This may be a moral, physical, financial or emotional nature
    2. This type is not for punishment, but for the sake of getting attention

     

    C.   THERE IS A MESSAGE THAT COMES

    1. This may be with an audible or inaudible voice
    2. It is with emphasis “Saul, Saul”! And a question!
    3. Good education always makes the student ask questions!

     

    D.   THERE IS A QUESTION THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A DRAMIC REVELATION

    1. Who art thou, Lord?
    2. The question was important as Saul was fully persuaded that Jesus was NOT to be worshipped as he was an imposter and dead!
    3. The answer must have been quite a revelation! “I am Jesus –“

    a.   The presumed dead is alive

    b.   The one who is being worshipped by those I am perusing to kill is ALIVE!

            4. Then, the continuation – “WHOM THOU PERSECUTEST”!

    a.   I am persecuting a “dead” person, who is talking to me

    b.   And he continues, “it is hard to kick against the pricks (kentron – pointed stick)

    c.   Each time Paul persecuted a believer there was a pricking of his conscience!

    III.   PAUL FEELS THE MESSAGE AND RESPONDS – 9:6-19

    EDUCATION THAT IS FELT!  (The Holy Spirit)

     

    A.   THE EFFECT ON SAUL –

    1. “Tembling and Astonished” – 9:6
    2. Immediately asking what should be done – 9:6
    3. God’s plan is for him to interact with others after 3 days waiting
    4. Three days without sight, neither eating or drinking – 9:9
    5. Often there is a time of confusion and deep soul searching

     

    B.   THE INDIVIDUALIZATION

    1. Others see the light and hear a sound, but cannot understand the message – 9:7; 22:9
    2. Some education/truth is understood by one but not by others

     

    C.   THE EFFECT ON OTHERS –  9:10-16

    1. Ananias faith is put to the test –
    2. God’s work always involves an interaction with others in the learning process
    3. No Christian can grow without relationship tests – O.T. Illustrations are many
    4. The Christian school staff must realize that even the students are God’s tools to stretch them in their walk

     

    EDUCATION THAT OPENS THE MIND AND HEART IN A TRANSFORMATIONAL WAY

    Education that is Neither seen and felt which transforms.   9:19-22

    A.   The knowledge that God has intervened in Saul’s life – 22:14-16

    B.   True educational transformation gives the students not only knowledge but purpose for life.

    C.   Seeing and feeling without the internal awareness of purposefulness leaves the student with pride and arrogance.

    D.   Our world is filled with these people, and their lives, if they do have a purpose only attached to the earthly, are lacking the depth for a lasting legacy.

     

    V.   CLOSING:

    A.  WHEN DOES A PERSON BECOME TRULY EDUCATED?

     

                Story of General Billy Mitchell

     

    1. WHO ART THOU LORD?
    2. “THAT I MAY KNOW HIM” – Phil. 3:10
    3. TO KNOW HIM and THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION!
    4. ARE WE PREPARING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A DEATH BEFORE A RESURRECTION CAN TAKE PLACE? Cor. 15:31
    5. ARE WE BUILDING A DESIRE IN OUR STUDENTS TO WALK IN THE LIGHT?
    6. ARE WE ENGENERING A DESIRE FOR SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE WHICH WILL ENCOMPAS THE WORLD IN WHICH GOD HAS PLACED EACH STUDENT ?
    7. ONLY WHEN THAT MIND IS EQUIPPED AND CHALLANGED FOR INQUIRY WILL WE BE ABLE TO SAY WE HAVE EDUCATED THE STUDENT!

     

    B.   THE PURPOSE OF THE LIGHT!! WHY LIGHT YOUR WORLD?

    Acts 26:14-18

     

    Act 26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

    1. OPEN EYES
    2. TURN FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
    3. TURN FROM SATAN’S POWER TO GOD
    4. SINS FORGIVEN
    5. GIVE AN INHERITANCE